Is there any food more “American” than pie?
Okay, maybe. Hot dogs, hamburgers and stuff. Cole Slaw. Potato salad. And lots of others.
Actually, none of the ones I mentioned were “American” at the start. Hot dogs, burgers and potato salad are German foods, Cole Slaw is Dutch and Pie began as British.
No matter. They’re American now, all terrific summer foods also. And all perfect for any Fourth of July celebration.
So, when our local Hadassah decided that our biweekly Tea (for cancer patients and their caregivers at Stamford Hospital) should have a Fourth of July theme, I decided to bake a pie to give.
This one is red (sort of), white (beige crust/white sugar) and blue: a riff on Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. It includes blackberries because I had some in the house and figured why not. You can leave out the blackberries and add more rhubarb and/or strawberries.
Also, I used orange peel as flavor, but you can switch to lemon peel. And I used orange juice for the crust. First because orange goes really well with berries and rhubarb and also, my mother, a consummate pie baker, always told me that the liquid you use to make pie dough can be just about anything. She frequently used juice for fruit pie (the juice depended on the pie). Juice not only gives the crust more flavor, it helps the dough bake into a lovely brown color crust too.
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup chilled vegetable shortening
4-5 tablespoons orange juice
3 cups sliced (1/2-inch pieces) rhubarb, about one pound
2 cups strawberries cut in half
1 cup blackberries
2/3 cup sugar (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
Combine the flour, salt and orange peel in a food processor. Add the butter and shortening in chunks and process on pulse about 24 times, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually add as much of the juice as is needed to make a soft, but not sticky dough. Cut the dough in half, flatten into disks and let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll the dough into circles to fit a 9” pie pan. Place one circle inside the pie pan.
To make the filling, combine the rhubarb, strawberries, blackberries, sugar, salt, flour, orange peel and cinnamon. Add the filling to the pie pan. Cut the butter into chunks and place on top of the filling. Cut strips from the second dough circle and place them in a lattice design on top of the fruit. Seal the edges where the strips meet the bottom crust. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Makes one 9-inch pie
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Serve this at your next dinner party and prepare to bask in the compliments. This cheesecake looks like an all-day project but it can be assembled in under 30 minutes!
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